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Karen Name Popularity

How popular is the name Karen? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 1,320 5 0.0007%
1915 1,315 6 0.0007%
1916 1,456 5 0.0005%
1917 1,214 10 0.001%
1918 1,217 11 0.001%
1919 1,512 5 0.0005%
1920 1,616 5 0.0004%
1921 0 0%
1922 1,230 13 0.0012%
1923 0 0%
1924 1,317 11 0.0009%
1925 1,194 15 0.0013%
1926 1,001 24 0.0022%
1927 1,049 21 0.0019%
1928 826 41 0.0038%
1929 812 39 0.0038%
1930 720 52 0.005%
1931 530 109 0.011%
1932 368 258 0.0261%
1933 285 405 0.0435%
1934 258 547 0.0566%
1935 173 1,073 0.1104%
1936 132 1,679 0.1743%
1937 113 2,209 0.2242%
1938 50 4,487 0.4383%
1939 39 5,537 0.5443%
1940 34 7,282 0.6851%
1941 19 10,830 0.9622%
1942 16 15,385 1.2184%
1943 15 16,816 1.2881%
1944 16 15,943 1.2864%
1945 16 15,679 1.2856%
1946 15 19,645 1.3314%
1947 13 21,645 1.2967%
1948 12 21,996 1.3779%
1949 11 22,467 1.3966%
1950 12 24,139 1.4992%
1951 8 28,001 1.6515%
1952 8 28,958 1.6589%
1953 9 29,853 1.6868%
1954 8 32,455 1.7754%
1955 8 33,215 1.8058%
1956 7 40,042 2.1201%
1957 5 40,585 2.1091%
1958 4 38,464 2.0352%
1959 4 36,773 1.9355%
1960 4 36,376 1.9199%
1961 5 34,696 1.8378%
1962 4 35,185 1.9165%
1963 4 32,486 1.8098%
1964 4 30,245 1.7183%
1965 3 32,874 2.0103%
1966 5 25,446 1.6298%
1967 6 21,540 1.4194%
1968 9 19,558 1.3025%
1969 13 17,638 1.1449%
1970 12 16,701 1.0495%
1971 15 14,211 0.9457%
1972 21 11,180 0.8208%
1973 23 9,356 0.7217%
1974 26 8,651 0.6656%
1975 27 8,165 0.6354%
1976 31 7,503 0.5822%
1977 32 7,444 0.5522%
1978 39 6,374 0.4741%
1979 46 5,601 0.3972%
1980 54 5,054 0.3457%
1981 64 4,536 0.3086%
1982 68 4,153 0.2779%
1983 77 3,789 0.2568%
1984 82 3,536 0.2377%
1985 87 3,139 0.2068%
1986 100 2,798 0.1854%
1987 107 2,575 0.1687%
1988 112 2,556 0.164%
1989 110 2,752 0.1705%
1990 118 2,705 0.1632%
1991 122 2,586 0.1587%
1992 123 2,743 0.1718%
1993 116 2,787 0.1788%
1994 128 2,466 0.1607%
1995 142 2,246 0.149%
1996 134 2,383 0.1592%
1997 144 2,201 0.1488%
1998 152 2,056 0.1374%
1999 149 2,154 0.1438%
2000 155 2,137 0.1399%
2001 149 2,180 0.1447%
2002 150 2,206 0.1472%
2003 140 2,318 0.1524%
2004 156 2,145 0.1407%
2005 164 2,050 0.1341%
2006 173 2,009 0.1283%
2007 165 2,152 0.1364%
2008 186 1,797 0.1163%
2009 230 1,415 0.0947%
2010 250 1,265 0.0878%
2011 285 1,072 0.0752%
2012 352 853 0.0599%
2013 404 705 0.0495%
2014 494 581 0.0399%
2015 494 580 0.0399%
2016 490 579 0.0402%
2017 533 510 0.0365%
2018 587 436 0.0317%
2019 645 377 0.0278%

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Names Like Karen

If you like Karen, you’ll love these other names like Karen.


What names are variants of Karen?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Karen.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Caren

Beloved; pure

Latin

Carin

Beloved; pure

Latin

Caron

Pure

Greek

Caronn

Danish

Carren

Pure

Greek

Carrin

Pure

Greek

Carron

Pure

Greek

Carryn

Danish

Caryn

Pure

Greek

Carynn

Pure

Greek

Carynne

Maiden

Greek

Karan

Danish

Kari

Free man; pure

Greek

Karin

A variant form of Karen.

Scandinavian

Karna

Danish

Karon

Pure

Greek

Karren

Danish

Karrin

Pure

Greek

Karryn

Danish

Karyn

Pure

Greek

Kerran

Danish

Kerrin

Dark

Irish

Kerron

Danish

Kerrynn

Danish

Keryn

Dark

Irish

Kerynne

Danish

Taran

English

Taren

Danish

Taryn

English


What names sound like Karen?

If you like how Karen sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Karen.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Kareen

Maiden

Scandinavian

Karena

Beloved; pure

Scandinavian

Karene

Maiden

Scandinavian

Koren

Maiden

Greek


What names are similar to Karen?

Find a name that’s like Karen, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Careen

Modern

Carina

Beloved

Latin

Catherine

Pure

Greek

Kalina

Flower

Slavic


Siblings of Karen

Mamas with kids named Karen also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Eleanor

Of unknown meaning

English

3 Comments

  1. My husband had a sister who passed away. Her name was Karen

  2. Karen is my husband’s sisters name

  3. We named our baby girl Karen Nadine. Karen is after my husband’s sister Karen who died from cancer when she was just 30. Her and my husband were very close. And Nadine is my husband’s mother’s middle name.


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